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Professor Paul Linden

Professor  Paul  Linden

G.I. Taylor Professor of Fluid Mechanics, DAMTP

Emeritus Fellow of Downing

Blasker Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego


Research Interests

The focus of my research is environmental fluid mechanics. Our group conducts experimental and theoretical research on problems associated with our environment and the processes that affect and are impacted by climate change. We study and develop models of the fluid flow in low-energy buildings, gravity-driven flows in stratified and rotating fluids, internal waves and mixing in stratified fluids

Key Publications

  • Linden, P.F. 2011 The efficiency of pulsed-jet propulsion. J. Fluid Mech., 668, 1-4
  • Thomas, P.J. & Linden, P.F. 2010 Laboratory modelling of the effects of temporal changes of estuarine-fresh-water discharge rates on the propagation speed of oceanographic coastal currents. J. Fluid Mech., 664, 337-347
  • Maurer, B.D., Bolster, D.T. & Linden, P.F. 2010 Intrusive gravity currents between two stably stratified fluids. J. Fluid Mech., 647, 53-69
  • Bolster, D.T. & Linden, P.F. 2008 Particle transport in low-energy ventilation systems. Part 1: theory of steady states. Indoor Air, 19, 122-129
  • Bolster, D.T. & Linden, P.F. 2008 Particle transport in low-energy ventilation systems. Part 2: transient and experiments. Indoor Air, 19, 130-144
  • Flynn, M.R., Bourbarne, T. & Linden P.F. 2008 The dynamics of steady, partial-depth intrusive gravity currents. Atmos.-Ocean, 46, 421-432
  • Thomas, L.P., marino, B.M., Tovar, R. & Linden, P.F. 2008 Buoyancy-driven flow between two rooms coupled by two vents at different levels. J. Fluid Mech., 594, 425-443
  • Bolster, D.T., Hang, A. & Linden, P.F. 2008 The front speed of intrusions in a continuously stratified fluid. J. Fluid Mech., 594, 369-377
  • Scase, M.M., Caulfield, C.P., Linden, P.F. & Dalziel, S.B. 2007 Local implications for self-similar turbulent plume models. J. Fluid Mech., 575, 257-265
  • Flynn, M.R. & Linden, P.F. 2006 Intrusive gravity currents. J. Fluid Mech., 568, 193-202
  • Linden, P.F. & Turner, J.S. 2004 'Optimal' vortex rings and aquatic propulsion. Proc. R. Soc. B, 271, 647-653
  • Linden, P.F. & Turner, J.S. 2001 The formation of optimal vortex rings and the efficiency of propulsion devices. J. Fluid Mech., 427, 61-72
  • Linden, P.F. 1999 The fluid mechanics of natural ventilation. Annu. Rev. Fluid Mech., 31, 201-238

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In a paper recently published in Biotechnology for Biofuels we are looking at a possible way to improve the processing of timber derived from conifers to feedstock used for sustainable manufacturing of novel biomaterials and biofuels. Softwood, as any other timber, is predominantly composed of plant secondary cell walls - an intricate matrix of polysaccharides and phenolic compounds which surround wood cells. Due to abundance of trees, plant secondary cell walls are the largest, renewable, resource of bioenergy on the planet.

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